Pa. grants over $7 million to provide fresh fruit, vegetables to students

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Over 200 schools in Pennsylvania will receive grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide students with fresh fruit and vegetables.

The grants will be distributed to 288 schools and add up to over $7 million. Education Secretary Noe Ortega said the grants will help ensure students have access to fresh produce that they may not be introduced to otherwise while also supporting their physical and academic growth.

Funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.” This program was implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004. Schools with the highest rate of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals receive funding priority.

Four districts in our area will receive funding from the program:

Conemaugh Valley School DistrictConemaugh Valley Elementary School ($27,690)
Ferndale Area School DistrictFerndale Elementary School ($20,995)
Greater Johnstown School DistrictGreater Johnstown Elementary/Middle Schools ($112,970)
Saint Marys Area School DistrictBennetts Valley, Fox Township Elementary Schools

State Representative Frank Burns (D-Cambria) said this program is vital in providing students with better food choices and leading them toward a healthier lifestyle as they head into adulthood.

“Studies show that students with healthier diets are better able to concentrate and retain information and that they perform better academically, particularly in subjects like math and reading,” Burns said.

A full list of recipients from across the state can be found on the Department of Education’s website.

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